We currently have some fantastic examples of oak furniture in the shop. Oak was a favoured wood of craftsmen during the early parts of the 20th century, particularly with the Arts and Crafts movement. It is a versatile hardwood that gets better with age and wear. It blends easily with modern furniture, including painted and industrial pieces, and holds it's value very well.

The dresser in the image above is a classic example of the early 20th century Arts and Crafts style. Playing card suits, taken from deck of playing cards, were popular shapes on furniture of this era with the hearts symbol being the most common.




This 'Easiwork' kitchen unit from the 1930s is a rare piece, combining an enameled work top with traditional brass hardware. It even comes with the original tins, flour sifter, and information sheets. This is the first of its kind that I have ever seen in the shop!





This oak desk looks fairly common from the outside, until you open the doors on either side to reveal numerous pigeon holes and space for paperwork. Dating again from the turn of the 20th century, this desk takes metamporphic furniture to an entirely new level. 








The Old Cinema was used as location for a recent photoshoot by Oliver Goldsmith, maker of some of the world's most sophisticated and beautifully designed sunglasses.  During the 1960s the eyewear company made glasses for iconic wearers such as Michael Caine, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, John Lennon, Mick Jagger and Peter Sellers.  Next year they plan to launch a collection called OG MINI ICONS – making miniature versions of the classics for kids.  See their website for more... 






The past week has brought us some of my favourite 20th century pieces from Germany and Austria. Both countries were renowned for their ability to create beautiful objects and combine them with reliability and practicality, a tradition that continues to this day. I'm a huge fan of all things Bauhaus, and this iconic 1940's lamp designed by Christian Dell for the Kaiser Group ticks all the right boxes.



In the 1950's, German artist Walter Bosse began working in brass and created a very large collection of animal sculptures for Hagenauer, and also with Herta Baller. While most of the creatures were there for aesthetic purposes only, some possessed a simple function, such has holding a pipe or small objects. Such is the case with this little bull, whose tail is meant to hold all of your rings. Genius!


An oddity in the trio, this 1960s lamp was produced by Johann Richter Jr., and was originally intended for use as a sunlamp. Now highly polished and with updated wiring, this lamp would look fantastic on your desk or bedside table!

-Adam


      The Old Cinema is proud to present a bespoke range of upcycled chairs that posess a striking military edge. Created by Gwilym Davies, these 1930's chairs are stripped down, repaired and reupholstered, transforming them into the highly tailored pieces of furniture like the one you see here. The chairs are upholstered in Hainsworth Fabric (appointed by the Queen, of course!), and no two are exactly alike. Each will be embellished with original military badges. Be on the lookout for a pair of 1930's chairs upholstered in RAF stripe fabric, which will be in the shop soon!

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